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New Orleans writer Ian McNulty hosts Where Y'Eat, a weekly exploration and celebration of food culture in the Crescent City and south Louisiana.

New Orleans writer Ian McNulty hosts Where Y'Eat, a weekly exploration and celebration of food culture in the Crescent City and south Louisiana.
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New Orleans, Louisiana

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New Orleans writer Ian McNulty hosts Where Y'Eat, a weekly exploration and celebration of food culture in the Crescent City and south Louisiana.

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English


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Where Y’Eat: In New Orleans’ worst season, making the best with great meals

8/16/2018
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When it comes to dining around New Orleans, it’s possible that the worst of times can also be the best of times. No, this is not a tale of two cities. It’s the story of one hot city, our own, going through its all-too-predictable slow summer season.

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Where Y’Eat: Ice Cream As Entertainment Dining Hits New Orleans

8/9/2018
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In the middle of summer, could anything be better than a good old scoop of ice cream? But what if it isn’t a scoop? What if it’s a cluster of wafer thin ice cream rolls made before your eyes and bundled under various sauces, candies and breakfast cereals.

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Where Y’Eat: Barrow’s Catfish Is Back with a Pre-Katrina Flavor and Something More

8/2/2018
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In the world before Hurricane Katrina, Barrow’s Shady Inn was on the map for great New Orleans food, though it still took a little doing to get to its door, tucked away down Hollygrove side streets. But Barrow’s Shady Inn was the kind of place that people remembered. It was acclaimed for its fried catfish, in the way that other Creole soul restaurants are known for their chicken or their gumbo. Catfish, in fact, was all it served, washed down with lemonade, hazy yellow and sweet tart....

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Where Y’Eat: Poke Mania Hits New Orleans as Summer Heats Up

7/26/2018
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Earlier this year, when the hot weather was just revving up, I ate a meal that qualified simultaneously as the healthiest and trendiest I’d had in a long time. It was a poke bowl, chopped raw fish over sushi rice and under a quasar of colorful toppings. It was prepared before my eyes, assembly line style, faster than a fast food burger. It set me back a lot more. But it was quick, tasty, protein-packed and satisfying. Still, something about it made me just a little uneasy.

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Where Y’Eat: Known for Good Drinks, Tales for the Cocktail Reaches for a Greater Good

7/19/2018
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For cocktail connoisseurs, New Orleans has always had a place on the map. Tales of the Cocktail gave this connection a spot on the calendar too, right when it’s needed most.

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Where Y’Eat: Digging into Restaurant Diversity, in More Ways Than One

7/12/2018
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When we talk about diversity in New Orleans restaurants, it usually means minority representation, or to put it plainly, with black-owned restaurants. Recently, though, I found a refreshing dose of diversity even within the ranks of black restaurants in New Orleans, diversity in different flavors and different ways to get started in the business.

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Where Y’Eat: Famous for Fried Chicken, the Al Copeland Legend Has a New Mission

7/5/2018
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New Orleans food legends never die. Now, the legend of Al Copeland is helping people live. Al Copeland was the famously swashbuckling founder of the Popeyes fried chicken brand, the poor kid from the housing project who built an empire on New Orleans flavor and set a new benchmark for living large.

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Where Y’Eat: How a Food Hall is Putting a Historic New Orleans Site Back on the Map

6/28/2018
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How do you make a historic, nine-story building disappear? In the case of the Pythian Building in downtown New Orleans, the trick was to encase the grand structure in bland paneling for half a century and keep it empty all the years after Hurricane Katrina. The building didn’t literally disappear, but it was practically invisible. Now though, that paneling is down and the Pythian is back as a mix of apartments and offices, and the building’s ground floor there on Loyola Avenue is home to...

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Where Y’Eat: Behold the Special Power of the Summertime Tomato Sandwich

6/22/2018
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The tomato sandwich is simple, it’s cheap and, because it’s at its best in the summer, it has special powers, at least here in New Orleans.

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Where Y’Eat: With Food on Hand, Dad’s Stories Always Flowed

6/14/2018
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Dad cooked breakfast a lot when I was growing up. Pancakes were the order of the day, but no matter what he was making the meal usually included a little baloney, and I don’t mean the sandwich meat.

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Where Y’Eat: Why Ella Brennan’s Impact on New Orleans Food Continues

6/7/2018
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It’s one thing to say that a place has culture. It’s another to witness how the people of that place share a culture, how they use it, how it brings them together. That is one of the really gratifying things about New Orleans food. It’s a culture with a long history and many mothers and fathers. But it’s also one for the here and now, as immediate as the next meal, and it’s one that’s refreshed by each generation. This is been on my mind lately because New Orleans lost one of those mothers.

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Where Y’Eat: Always a Slog, New Orleans Summer Can Also Be a Relief

5/31/2018
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When does summer start? Consult the almanac and you’ll see it’s still weeks away. But in New Orleans, the seasons aren’t necessarily tied to solstice and equinox. To me, they’re marked by a changing mix of cravings, needs, excuses...and yes, we're talking about food.

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Where Y’Eat: As New Orleans Sinks Into Summer, Wine Lovers Rise Above

5/24/2018
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In New Orleans, a wine lover may bow before Bordeaux and marvel at malbec. But then comes summer, our summer, and all bets are off, especially for heavier red wines. It’s time for wines that can cut through it all, wines that are refreshing and quenching.

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Where Y’Eat: At Crawfish Boils, Cell Phone Fixation Finally Takes a Breather

5/17/2018
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Crawfish give us so much. Good flavor, an excuse to gather, a chance to bask in the seasonal food glories of south Louisiana. Well, I’m adding one more blessing to the pile – a crawfish boil creates a temporary sanctuary from the cell phone.

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Where Y’Eat: On Mother’s Day, Gratitude for the Gift of New Orleans Food

5/10/2018
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If you love New Orleans food thank a New Orleans mother. If you’re really lucky that will be your own mother, or maybe, like me, your mother-in-law. But it doesn’t even matter if you’re related. New Orleans mothers have given a gift to this entire city and to all the visitors here who appreciate food with a sense of place, with character and identity.

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Where Y’Eat: "Ms. Okra" Rolls On, Brings a Slice of New Orleans Life to Jazz Fest

5/3/2018
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New Orleans lost a legend this year with the death of Arthur Robinson, the roving produce vendor beloved across the city and known to all as Mr Okra. But his daughter Sergio Robinson has kept his legacy alive. She still drives her father’s colorfully-painted produce truck around New Orleans, calling out her inventory through a loudspeaker, just as he did, turning the sales pitch into a form of street music. This weekend, she’s also driving the truck back to Jazz Fest.

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Where Y’Eat: When Jazz Fest Ends After Party Eats Start on the Street

4/26/2018
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Everyone knows you should go to Jazz Fest ready to eat. But no one says you have to show up starving. And on the way back out, I’ve found it’s smart to have a little room left in the tank too, to be ready for those opportune eats on the streets. As much as I crave the food inside Jazz Fest, some of the most memorable quick bites I find this time of year usually come from the periphery outside the Fair Grounds too.

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Where Y’Eat: Staking the Vietnamese Crawfish Around New Orleans

4/19/2018
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It starts with spicy boiled crawfish, the pride of Louisiana, but it was born elsewhere. It adds a dose of adaptation from the Vietnamese-American immigrant story and the next generation’s mash-up minded sense of possibility. It arrives in bowls and trays with its red shells gleaming with butter and paved with bits of garlic. It pairs well with cold beer or anything bubbly.

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Where Y’Eat: Crawfish Boils Bring People to the Table. Here's How They Bring Them Together

4/12/2018
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Crawfish season is finally rolling for real, and so the food conversation turns to the endless variations on seasoning, timing, technique, process and produce that goes into the pot. But to me, what makes crawfish so great in Louisiana isn’t necessarily what we do to them. It’s what they do to us.

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Where Y’Eat: Tracking a New Barbecue Culture in New Orleans

4/5/2018
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There’s more barbecue around New Orleans these days. But it’s not just a case of more barbecue restaurants, and that’s where things get interesting. Roll up your sleeves New Orleans, it looks like our town is finally building its own barbecue culture.

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